Plants and Health

Kiwi: the essential health ally


Originally from Shaanxi Province (China) then imported to New Zealand, the kiwi is a fruit whose cultivation is adapted to a so-called "tropical mountain" climate.

Belonging to the Actinidiaceae family, this fruit with brown and fluffy skin is recognized for its multiple nutritional values.

Ideal for dessert, this delicious fruit, tasted for over 2000 years, is also one of the foods that can trigger oral allergies.

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A little history about the kiwi

The kiwi was first described in 1750 by Chéron d´Incarville (French Jesuit).

Still called "Yangtao" (in Chinese), it grew naturally in the forest, along the river in the Yangzi Jiang valley.

Towards the end of the 19th century, plants were imported to Europe and then, in 1904 to the American continent. The same year he appeared in New Zealand, and two years later in France, but without much success.

First cultivated in home gardens, the marketing of the kiwifruit did not begin until 1940 in New Zealand. 20 years later, plants were presented to the Jardin des Plantes (France) by Jacques Rabinel (French architect living in China), who then became the first supplier in Gironde.

Known as the "Chinese gooseberry", its marketing was more complex in the United States during the Cold War period. In 1953, New Zealanders renamed it "kiwi", in reference to their country's emblem.

Benefits and virtues of kiwi

From the scientific name "Actinide de Chine", the Kiwi is also called "plant mouse", "Yang Tao" or "Actinidier" (among nurserymen).

Regarding his nutritional values, kiwifruit contains carbohydrates, protein and a significant amount of dietary fiber.

It is also touted for its oxidizing properties, its high content of vitamins (C, K, B9, E) and minerals (potassium, omega 3 and 6, copper)

From medicinal virtues recognized by the kiwi, it helps fight against colds, the allergies, the aging and thehypertension.

For good health, thanks to its vitamin C content, it is a remedy to resist nervousness andstress.

As for the fibers it contains, real natural remedy against constipation, they promote intestinal transit and digestion.

Kiwi fruit is recommended for slimming cures!

Providing a feeling of satiety, this fruit with sweet and tangy pulp promotes weight loss and eliminates water retention.

In addition, consume kiwi:

  • improves the state of health of bone and the blood circulation,
  • protects againstangina chest, theanemia, the thrombosis, theinfarction,
  • reduces the excess of cholesterol.

In addition, scientific studies have shown that regularly consuming "plant mice" would prevent the appearance of certain cancers, chronic diseases and cardiovascular.

Smart tip about kiwifruit

To be consumed preferably in the morning for breakfast, the kiwi can also integrate various recipes (cakes, ice cream) or even drinks (smoothies ...).

Anyone suffering from kidney failure, allergic to actidin (enzyme), who may develop kidney stones ... should not consume kiwi fruit.


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